Showcase Presenters

Get Up & Go

25 March 2018
Presenter: Chris Bogdan, Founder & CEO

Get Up & Go makes convenient energy products that taste incredible, equivalent to an energy shot or cup of coffee.

Pathware (Formerly Medkairos)

15 March 2018
Presenter: Michael Moore, Founder & CEO

Pathware is automating the cancer biopsy assessment process. 1 out of every 5 biopsies taken fail to collect adequate tissue samples to come to a diagnosis. We are a medical technology company building the Bioptic™ system to increase the accuracy of cancer sample collection and reduce the time and labor required to reach a diagnosis. Pathware has developed the Bioptic platform to verify sample quality at the point of care to make sure that patients will only have to undergo a biopsy procedure once. Bioptic™ uses a proprietary cartridge, camera, and image processing software package to verify that a sample has enough tissue to make a diagnosis - work traditionally done by a pathologist and a microscope.

Michael Moore founded MedKairos to address challenges that he saw throughout his medical education at the University of Michigan. Prior to entering the time constraints of residency, he decided to take a leave from his medical training to develop this venture full time and, ultimately, have a global impact on patient care.

Update - Year 1:

Pathware (formerly MedKairos), has continued to make great strides in its effort to streamline and standardize cancer diagnostic workflows. They do this with their flagship product, Bioptic™, a portable unit able to image and assess a biopsy sample in seconds with no staining or additional training required. All images are uploaded to their secure and proprietary cloud infrastructure to expand the platform’s capabilities with education, research, and machine learning. Since their pitch at NEF, their team has grown to five full time employees, proved the functionality of their platform, lined up 5 hospitals for pilots this summer, and expanded their advisory board to include the VP of Sales at Philips, the previous CIO of United Healthcare and Optum Health, and the two previous presidents of the Digital Pathology Association. Additionally, they were recognized as the number one health technology company at South By Southwest earlier this year. Together, they have been able to secure $800k in investment with an additional $1.5MM set to close in the near future to propel them through their clinical studies later this summer. In the next six months they plan to secure clearance from the FDA, freeze the design of their MVP, and initiate the soft launch of the product into their pilot institutions as they seek their Series A financing to support their scale into the marketspace.

CoPilot Vision Systems

15 February 2018
Presenter: John Gray - Co-Founder & President

CoPilot Vision Systems is developing a rear view vision system for the commercial heavy duty and do-it-yourself truck rental market. The system is portable and provides a 180° view across the rear of the vehicle. It is a straightforward solution to enable the driver to see what is behind the vehicle; improving driver safety and efficiency, and reducing fleet insurance costs. One patent has been issued and a second patent for a multi-camera vision system is under 4th office action stage review.

John Gray is Co-Founder and President.  John earned his B.S. in Engineering at Purdue University and has a rich transportation background. He has managed the start-up of a fuel system business unit from an early prototype into production for Diesel Technology (a Penske-owned company at the time). During the last 10 years, John developed a completely new business relationship with Volkswagen, Audi and BMW in Germany for a Tier 1&2 supplier. These efforts produced supply agreements in the US, Mexico, Poland and China.

CoPilot was also recently awarded a Grant from Ann Arbor SPARK to be used to obtain assistance with obtaining funding.

Mandy & Pandy

18 January 2018
Presenter: Christopher Lin

The strength of Mandy and Pandy lies in its magic power to arouse curiosity among young kids, who will then be engaged to learn the language with interest and fun. Everything in the book (texts pictures, activities, etc.) was meticulously developed for this purpose. Mandy and Pandy Co. was formed in 2007 with success in the book market - teaching American kids Chinese.  With Chinese becoming more important in the global economic and cultural landscape, the company was re-invigorated in 2016 with a more ambitious B2B model selling to schools.  The proven content is being digitized to scale and penetrate the school market.  


Christopher Lin, the CEO of Mandy and Pandy, is an ABC – American Born Chinese – born in Detroit, raised in Troy, and educated at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!!).  As a pre-admit into the Ross School MBA program, Christopher was charged with making a difference and trying a different path.

During successful international internships and (4-7 year) career stints with multinational corporations such as Nokia, Tatung, Ford, GM, and Deloitte, he learned the importance of international understanding and the role of learning foreign languages and cultures. 

In an effort to teach his daughter, Amanda, Chinese, they went to the local book store to discover that there were only a few Chinese books for kids while there were hundreds of Spanish books for kids.  This A-ha moment inspired Lin to write and publish his first book – Mandy and Pandy say Ni Hao Ma?



Update - Year 1:

Since last year, Mandy and Pandy has focused on developing the Digital Toolbox with support of Rochester Community Schools and Arbormoon.  This SAAS program allows teachers to develop their own weekly curriculum in minutes instead of hours and then presents their lesson plans on their smartboards in class.  As of the end of last year, 10 teachers are using the tool and teaching over 5000 students.  Phase 2 of the project will allow students to perform activities at home and allow teachers to evaluate students' progress electronically.  $75,000 of funding was raised from Angels to contribute to the development of the software and sustainment of the team.  This year's focus will be to enroll additional customers in Oakland County, Macomb County, and Western Michigan, to hire another salesperson, and to raise $250,000 to support growth and further development.